Sephora Haul: Holiday 2014

Hi.  My name is Hailey and I am a total makeup junkie.  I would also add hair care and skin care to the junkie list because I like to try it all!  When Sephora does their Black Friday $10 mini sets sale, I snatch up a handful of products to try.  For me, this usually involves some great clearance deals and as many samples as I can find coupon codes. - Sephora Haul: Holiday 2014

While these particular sets are no longer available, the products are all regular items. There were some great hits and disappointing misses, so read on for details: - Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Deep End and Scorch

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Deep End and Scorch - If you haven't heard about these UD pencils, you may be living under a rock.  I have so many colors, but when Urban Decay had them for $10 a pop on their website over Black Friday weekend, I snatched up a couple.  I went with Scorch, a bronze shimmer with silver micro-sparkle, for its bronze brown (not orange) hue.  I have an orange based bronze that makes my eyes look kind of red and bloodshot.  No good.  Scorch is light enough for me to wear under my eye and not look tired and racoon-like, while adding some color and a hint of shimmer.  I own nothing like Deep End, a bright metallic peacock shimmer.  It is a gorgeous bright turquoise shade that really pops!  As usual, once these set they stay on well.  Love them! - Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Deep End and Scorch - Make Up For Ever Get Glossy Lab Shine Gloss in D16 and D14 via Sephora

Make Up For Ever Get Glossy Lab Shine Gloss in D16 and D14 - Before these glosses, I had only used Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream and Aqua Seal and the HD powder and primer.  I love MUFE products and was looking forward to trying these glosses.  While they are stickier glosses (which means they last longer), I was disappointed with the colors.  I expected the pinky one to have a bit more pink color to it.  They are both beautifully sparkly, but they pretty much look the same to me otherwise. Also, not a huge fan of the brush tip applicator.  Swatches after the next review. - Kat Von D Lip Love Set in Lolita and Berlin via Sephora

Kat Von D Lip Love Set - This set included the Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lolita and the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Berlin.  I haven't worn these extensively, so my opinion is based on a few wears of each.
Lolita is described as a "matte dusty rose".  It was more rosy brown to me, almost my lip color but more brown based.  That said, it is a really great neutral color that I love to wear.  The finish is matte, but it doesn't feel too drying.  It went on really smooth and pigmented and stayed on for quite a while.  I was really impressed.
Same for the the liquid lipstick.  The pigmentation and staying power are great!  Berlin is described as a "warm rose".  It looked way more like a bright pinky coral shade on me.  I loved it still because I love bright shades, but it definitely seems like more of a spring and summer shade than a winter one.  The matte finish is smooth and pretty without feeling too dry or flaky like so many other long-wearing lipsticks.  I found it very comfortable to wear. - Make Up For Ever Get Glossy Lab Shine Gloss in D16 and D14, Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lolita and Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Berlin - Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lolita - Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Berlin - Boscia Pore-Purifying Duo: Luminizing Black Mask and Black Charcoal Blotting Linens

Boscia Pore-Purifying Duo - This set included the Luminizing Black Mask and Black Charcoal Blotting Linens.  I haven't used the blotting papers yet because I am trying to use up the ones I have in my purse right now.  I never realize just how many are in a container.  BUT I did use the charcoal mask.  It felt really nice on, didn't dry too tight, and was very easy to peel off.  After using it just once, my skin felt super soft and seemed brighter.  I would also add that it noticeably cleared out some pores as well.  Thumbs up for the mask, for sure! - Josie Maran Argan Hand Healers: Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream and BearNaked Nail Wipes

Josie Maran Argan Hand Healers - This set included Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream and BearNaked Nail Wipes.  I bought a Josie Maran set last Black Friday that included the Nail Wipes and BearNaked wipes for removing makeup, both great products.  I was excited to see another set including the nail wipes at least.  The nail wipes themselves are moistened pads of acetone free, grapefruit scented polish remover that helps to repair dry cuticles and promote healthier nails.  They work really great for me and are something I will be repurchasing.
The hand cream has a great orange creamsicle-like scent (the website says "vanilla apricot") in a creamy, hydrating formula.  I was drawn to it because it is paraben free and says it is "never greasy".  I feel like it does a pretty good job, but I only put it on before bed because it is oily and will leave fingerprints on whatever you touch, aka greasy. lol - Origins Task Maskers: Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, Modern Friction Gentle Dermabrasion, Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

Origins Task Maskers (Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, Modern Friction Gentle Dermabrasion, Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask) -  So far, I have only tried out one of these.  The Drink Up Mask provides great hydration overall.  You put it on overnight (it is more like a moisturizer) and wash it off in the morning.  In addition to putting some on my face, I also placed some on my elbow overnight.  It didn't completely get rid of the dry patch, but it did noticeably diminish it. - Sephora Collection Nail Patch Art in French Dentelle

Sephora Collection Nail Patch Art in French Dentelle - I love buying these nail art sets when they go on clearance.  I think the OPI brand has the best ones that I have tried so far, but the Sephora ones are pretty good.  They are kind of like stickers of nail polish that are easily applied to the nail and sized to fit with a nail file.  The fun part is that you don't have to wait for them to dry!  As many nail polishes as I own, I rarely have time to let them dry.  Regular nail polish lasts a long time on my toes, but not on my hands.  With these nail art "patches", I get a really cute patterned nail that lasts about a week. - Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray - I used 100 of my Beauty Insider points to get this hairspray.  I have heard great things about the Bumble and Bumble brand, but had yet to try any products.  This hairspray is light and flexible to give hold with no crunch or stiffness.  I do find that it can leave your hair feeling a little filmy.  It is a similar feeling when I use any beach spray.  Overall, I really like it and have added it to the list of flexible hairsprays that I enjoy using. - Sephora Lipstick Sample Bag

Lipstick Sample Bag - This sample bag was one of the weekly specials via a coupon code.  It is a cute little bag with a ton of stuff to try.  I love using these samples for travel or during the day to try new products.  The list of everything in the bag is below.  I like the Dr. Jart+ Beauty Balms.  They have a nice color and coverage and don't feel too greasy on my oily skin.  The Yu-Be Skin Cream is like a creamier version of Vaseline in that it is super moisturizing, but goes on like a lotion.  I swear by the Benefit POREfessional.  If you have any pore issues at all I highly recommend it or Dr. Brandt's Pores No More primer to wear under your makeup.  I have also tried the Origins Gin-Zing and Ole Vitamin C serum and like them, though one sample isn't enough to make a true opinion on their ability.  The Soap and Glory body butter is a rich, thick creamy lotion that hydrates well without being greasy.  It also smells like a sugar cookie, a bit vanilla musky but not too sweet.  The scent is warm and spiced compared to my usual mango body butter.

(The bag included: Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm, Clinique Moisture Surge, Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream, Versace Bright Crystal Fragrance, L'Occitane Precious Cream, Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup, Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Lightly Whipped Body Buttercream, Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral Enriched Renewal Cream, Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer, Benefit The POREfessional, Ole Henriksen Vitamin C Brightening Serum, Ole Henriksen Reparative Anti-Aging Oil)

Samples: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Jurlique Purely Bright Treatment Serum, Origins Smarty Plants CC SPF 20 Skin Complexion - I haven't used any of these samples yet, so I can't give you an educated opinion.

And there you have it - a mostly great and sample rich holiday haul!  I would love to know if you bought any of these Sephora sets or what you think of any of these products.  Let me know in the comments!


  1. I love the Kat Von D liquid lipsticks! They're amazing, great colors, long lasting. Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes? I have a massive stash of makeup and stuff to use from all my subscription boxes but still buy makeup I think is pretty lol.

  2. I was really impressed with both of the Kat Von D lip products. They lasted a long time and had great pigmentation!

    I subscribe to Ipsy and Birchbox, so I also have a ton of samples and things to use and try. I would like to make posts about these two regular things, but I like to try to use everything first which always takes extra time.
    I have been obsessed with Colourpop lately! OMG they are fantastic! I made a second order, so once I get all those swatches done I will do a post about them. But serious pigmentation, long lasting, and only $5 each. They have eyeshadows, lipsticks, and lip pencils.

  3. This is a serious haul! I only got a few beauty products for Christmas, but so far they've worked out really well. I got a neutral palette of shadows from my aunt, along with a couple of lip glosses and nail polishes in festive red and bronze. My girlfriend bought me two shades in those Fresh Sugar lip treatments. I love those. They're a great combination of lip balm and lip tint. And I got a few bath and body products as well.

    I've been delving more into the world of make-up lately, and I think I'm learning about my lips. They're little, they're always chapped and flaky, and light shades and lip stains get all chalky and chunky on them. It's terrible. Lip sticks are really dry and don't work particularly well, either. I'm surprised that I like lip glosses. They go on smooth on my lips and the color stays even. I learned this from a gloss I was gifted at a blogger event. After buying several lip products that I can't even wear now, I guess I know that gloss is what works for me!

    The Kat Von D lipsticks look great on you, especially the watermelon-colored one. I'm jealous!

    <3 Liz

  4. Thank you! Glosses are a great way to go, especially the ones that have great color payoff. I've been trying my hand at more matte lip looks lately, but I still love the glossy look. The Fresh Sugar lippies are great! I have been wearing those a lot lately too in this more "natural" phase of mine. I have another post to do about the makeup I got for Christmas. It was too many swatches for it to be in one post. lol There are not enough days in the week for me to get everything done and posted.

    Hydration-wise, the Jouer lip treatment gloss and Dr. Lipp Nipple Balm (I know that sounds crazy lol) are good choices too. The Dr. Lipp one is thick but not as goopy as Vaseline. I like to exfoliate my lips and put that on when they get super chapped.